Two-thirds of the state’s wineries and vineyards are located in the Willamette Valley, the oldest wine region in Oregon, which is also home to more than 700 wineries. It is regarded as one of the world’s top wine-growing regions, bordered by the Coast Range to the west and the Cascades to the east. With a length of 150 miles, it provides every tourist with a unique wine experience.
In the mid-nineteenth century, vines arrived in the Willamette Valley, but they were not the acclaimed French pinot grapes for which the Valley is now famous; instead, they were table grapes farmed for consumption.
David Lett, Dick Erath and Charles Coury, three UC Davis students separately moved to North Willamette Valley and established the first vineyards in the region. The trio proved wrong their college peers who had